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Causal Friday: An Econometrics Review, Now With More Constellations…

August 26th, 2016 · 2 Comments
Causal Friday · Econometrics

Technically, I’m cheating with the “causal Friday” title, since, while regressions do identify associations that exist when controlling for other variables, these associations aren’t always of the causal variety. (This is particularly true when not all relevant factors can be controlled for.) But I choose to not be too persnickety because I think the comic […]

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Causal Friday: Is Change Really A Good Thing, Statistically Speaking?

August 12th, 2016 · 1 Comment
Causal Friday · Fun With Data · Happiness

Steve Levitt, in addition to gaining fame (at least at an economist level, not a Justin Bieber level) for writing Freakonomics, has made a career teasing cause and effect out of (largely) observational data. (By “observational data,” I mean that he doesn’t explicitly run controlled experiments in a lot of cases and just looks at […]

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Class Warfare Or Omitted Variables? You Be The Judge…

July 26th, 2016 · 1 Comment
Causal Friday

Causal Friday came early this week… Airplane Design Brings Out the Class Warfare in Us All Air rage is often blamed on overcrowded flights and postage stamp-size seats, but researchers Michael Norton and Katherine A. DeCelles find another culprit: resentment toward passengers in first class. Source: HBS Working Knowledge This paper has been talked about […]

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Causal Friday: When Scientific Restrictions Don’t Have A Counterfactual…

February 27th, 2015 · 7 Comments
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Let’s begin by working through a situation that has been quite popular recently…suppose that you show the following photo to 10 of your friends: Now, let’s say that 8 of your friends saw the dress as blue and black and 2 saw it as white and gold. You’d probably feel pretty comfortable asserting that, if […]

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Causal Friday:: Why Social Scientists Shouldn’t Run Focus Groups…

February 20th, 2015 · 2 Comments
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I couldn’t resist…from The Onion: Half Of Hollywood Test Group Screened Placebo Film LOS ANGELES—Saying the methodology helps them ensure unbiased results in their marketing research, studio executives at Paramount Pictures confirmed that during a Hollywood test screening this week they showed half of all theatergoers a placebo film. “Instead of watching our authentic big-budget […]

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Causal Friday: On The Public Health Implications Of Fifty Shades Of Grey…

February 13th, 2015 · 3 Comments
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With Fifty Shades of Grey coming out this weekend, I figured it was a good time for a reminder to be careful out there when doing it with models: Sex toy injuries surged after ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ was published The number of Americans requiring emergency room care for injuries involving sex toys has approximately […]

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